Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another. (John F. Kennedy)
I wanted to be a teacher from the age of 6 all the way through primary and secondary school. My family, however, warned me that teachers are not paid well, their work is very stressful and “with my intelligence” I could be so much more. I listened.
I went to study economics but soon I realised that I’m at my best if I can share my knowledge, if I can contribute to other people’s successes. Throughout my career I was looking for ways to be able to build this into my every day work but only recently have I realised that it can also be done via leadership.
The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. (Blaine Lee)
The StandOut strength assessment I recently took highlighted the role of the teacher as my first strength. (The second was Creator.)
I wasn’t surprised. Learning has always been a priority for me. I see how far it took me, and I wish the same for everyone else. It’s always a process, never a destination, and we all approach it differently. What works for me, won’t work for you, and that’s fine. We learn the best way as we go ahead.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. (Daniel Boorstin)